Monday, May 28, 2012

Miss V graduates!

The lovely Miss V wearing her gramma Sharens pearls for her graduation.

Miss V loved the hat.  Really.  She
thought it looked like the dorkiest thing ever
did love it a lot.  Really.  a lot.

Miss V and her sister the teacher...........

Melissa gets to wear the cool hood with her robe.

The family!  

I am quite certain I was never this pretty, even in a dorky hat she looks good!

Four daughters graduated now.  We made it through a LOT of high school!

Some gramma love

Come on!  We have a party to start!

They think they are super heroes!

and then there were cupcakes.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bleating Heart Haven Farm

last weekend Miss V and I had the absolute joy of visiting a local farm where alpacas, goats, and other lovely creatures spend their days.

we even got to watch my friend John do a shearing demo

and then he caught one of the babies for us to pet!

They have a  fabulous building on the farm...

I dream of such a shack!!  It is so lovely and inviting, with a boardwalk around the outside, a wee little porch, a fire pit off to one side,

and more hand spun yarn than I could probably use in a lifetime, though I would adore to try!

Love love love it!

many awesome artists, selling many awesome items............

A fun time with my fun Miss V

Dueling cameras

It was the BEST DAY!!!!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

One teeny little toady

The lovely Miss V has been a big fan of frogs and toads for her entire life.
She is one of the few teenage girls I know who will run after them in order to hold them or find them a better home.

Last weekend when I was moving the lawn I spotted this little guy trying to get away from my loud machine.  I knew miss V would want to see him and put him somewhere safe so I captured him and called her out.  (it could be noted here that I had on gardening gloves becuase I am not as fond of the "feel" of toads as Miss V is.

She was completely thrilled with him and spent some time holding him and capturing his handsome features on film.

Notice the very girly fingernails?  Prom was 2 weeks ago and the nails were still intact.

Kind of an interesting juxtaposition:  French nails and a toad....

Yes, that's my girl.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pineapple upside down cupcakes

A bit of butter, a bit of brown sugar,

a few pineapple tidbits and a cherry

some yellow cake batter

And viola!

warm happiness in a 2 bite treat

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I think I need help here............

Not many new pictures for you to peruse, but I don't like to post without something to look at so here is the lovely Miss V doing some hand sewing

And a lousy photo of a teapot cozy I made. 
Really the colors are much nicer in person, I think I may have actually taken this with my cell phone.  Not the smart phone fancy pants type either.

So here is my dilemma my friends. 
I made it through my first year back at school and now I don't know what to do!  I did fine for an old person.  The yung-uns were pretty decent about having me take up space, not that they had a choice.  They were even pretty amazed that someone of my advanced years could still operate a mechanical pencil.
I got 2 B's in my French classes, and an A in my geography class so grades aren't my issue. 
My issue is this, is there a place for me ANYWHERE???
I am well on my way to my degree even with the 30 year hiatus for such things as life and other nonsense.  Now, at present I'm at a university center, which does Associates degrees, which is handy since I need to fulfill my sciences and math before I can really finish.  However I looked at a local private college for the actual finishing of my degree, and that is just not going to work.  Expense, yes, but that can be dealt with if I am willing, and I am, to take it one class at a time.  Worse, the art department is disappointingly small and unequipped.  I can't picture myself getting my "real degree" there.  But the most disappointing and disheartening part..............
the question I seem to have to answer over and over for EVERYONE - EVERYWHERE: 
"What are you going to do with your degree?"
Do I have to DO something with it?  Is that what this has to be about?  Am I totally and completely nuts to finish it because I want to finish it?  I'm not looking for a new career, I've had enough of those thank you very much.  I am realistic enough to know that my dream job would never happen, especially since it seem to change with every step I take.  So, be honest here friends, am I totally crazy?  I say totally because I know what the answer is to "am I partly crazy?, or am I a wee bit off my rocker? or my personal favorite, is Mare a chucklehead?"
Does anyone think there is a school that will help me in this endeavor?  Any advisor out there who will say, "sure, lets get your degree going and not worry one whit where it takes you!"  Of course, come to think of it, that's sort of where my mind was at 30 years ago when I blithely declared my art major with no clue what I would be when I grew up.  Gosh, some things never change do they?  I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

Monday, May 7, 2012